Veteran Keith turns on the style

Keith Powell , aged 78, was in top form on his return to the venue where he started playing in 1960.
Keith Powell , aged 78, was in top form on his return to the venue where he started playing in 1960.

Veteran player Keith Powell was outstanding for YMCA D in a 6-4 win over YMCA E in Castleford, Pontefract and District Table Tennis League.

New recruit Powell, aged 78, was in top form on his return to the venue where he started playing in 1960.

With a gritty display in both attack and defence, he beat Daniel Ferguson over three sets, Bailey Pye over five and Jamie Rusling over three.

Powell’s teammate Phil Cawser defeated Ferguson and Rusling, both over four sets.

In a marathon match, which saw five sets each go to deuce, Cawser lost to 18-year-old Pye who became the first player in the league to beat him this season.

It was a great result for leading junior Bailey against Cawser who topped the league’s averages last season with a 92.52 per cent success rate after winning 99 of the 107 matches he played.

YMCA E’s Ian Instone gave his best but he lost to all his three opponents.

He was beaten by Ferguson over five sets, Pye over four, with three sets going to deuce, and Rusling over four, with two sets at deuce.

Powell and Cawser beat Ferguson and Pye over three sets in the doubles.

Knottingley A came out on top 6-4 in a keenly-fought contest against C Station B.

Due to unexpected absences, Knottingley’s line-up included reserves Robert McNaught and Neil Cooper who gave excellent support to Dennis Shaw, with all three players winning two matches.

McNaught beat Rob White narrowly over five sets and Julie Wainwright over four while Cooper defeated White over four sets and Wainwright over three. Shaw beat White over three and Wainwright over four.

All three Knottingley players lost to in-form John Wainwright who beat McNaught over three, Cooper over four, which included two deuce sets, and Shaw over five sets.

Cooper and Shaw lost an epic doubles clash against White and John Wainwright in the final set after the last two sets went to deuce.

YMCA C won 10-0 at C Station A.

Guy Rothery won all his games against Keith Lumb, Andy Adams and Richard Fry over three sets. Nigel Brook also won all his three games over three sets. Paul Dykes beat Lumb narrowly over three, Adams over four and Fry over five very close sets. In the doubles, Rothery and Brook defeated Lumb and Fry.